Machine Link™ Quick Serve runs
continuously on a dedicated PC and can serve 32
simultaneous DNC sessions (even more simultaneous
sessions are available by request). However, it
can monitor many more machines as long as there
is a dedicated COM port for the machine tool.
This means no waiting each request will be
received and processed immediately. There are
many hardware options, including wireless
In many installations Machine
Link™ Quick Serve is setup to start
as soon as the computer starts, because of this,
a startup delay can be configured to ensure that
the network hardware is properly configured and
ready before Quick Serve starts monitoring the
ports for activity. To better understand the
product, check out our Video Training Page for helpful setup hints
and a demonstration.
Machine Link™ Quick Serve is
very visually oriented. The animated scan lights
flash (changing red to green) after each
successful pass through the Active Scan Table.
All significant information including the
communication parameters and session status is
located directly on the front panel. The number
of Requests, files Sent OK, and the number of
current jobs being sent (Sending) are displayed
since the program was started. These values can
be reset to zero by selecting Edit from the menu
bar and then choosing Reset Counters.
Machine Link™ Quick Serve can
be quickly configured for every CNC machine tool
in the shop. From the main screen click
[Configure] to activate the Configuration Table.
Individual rows within the Communication Table
can be easily duplicated, changed, and/or deleted
using Edit in the menu bar. Once configured,
machine tools can be easily added or removed from
the Active Scan Table by setting the ACTIVE
status to Yes or No.
Machine Link™ Quick Serve can also append
special formatting characters to the front or end
of a CNC program using the CNC FILE FORMAT
Note: Scanning is Paused during
configuration changes. It can also be paused from
the main screen by selecting Operate, Pause
Scanning from the menu bar.
Machine Link™ Quick Serve uses
keywords or tokens that are inserted into the CNC
programs to determine the intent of the machine
operator. To receive a file, the AUTO Send token
must be found in the CNC file. The token can be
anything but we typically use SENDME. The file
(O0001) is typically used at each CNC machine to
make file requests. The file already contains the
token and the operator simply modifies the file
name. Here is an example:
:0001 (CALL DOWN PROGRAM)
When the file is punched out of the
control and received by Quick Serve, the token is
first identified and then the desired file name
is extracted by getting the characters between
Trigger START and Trigger END. In the above
example, the desired file name is 5290 located
between the parenthesis. A file extension can
automatically be added ".TXT" for
example, to minimize operator keystrokes at the
control. Once the request is identified, it is
then served back to the machine tool after
waiting a specified number of seconds. In the
meantime, the operator has prepared the machine
tool to receive the requested file.
To save CNC file changes that are
made at the control, simply use a token such as
SAVEAS embedded into the CNC program file. An
example file is shown below:
N5 (SAVEAS [4005.TXT])
#126=#124*#125(TOTAL HOLES IN PLATE)
When the file is punched out of the
control, Quick Serve will capture the file and
realize that the only found token is SAVEAS
(SENDME was not found) and the name is between
the square brackets. The file will be stored with
the desired name to the folder specifed for the
Options tab is used to cover the manner in which
companies want to handle CNC file modifications.
In many installations, machine operators only
call files down to their CNC machine tools.
However, if modifications are permitted at the
controls, files sent back to Quick Serve will be
saved and numbered keeping only the number of
backups specified in the "No. of Files to
Keep" parameter. Also, if AUTO Update is
Yes, then if a file is modified and later called
down again to the CNC machine, the last received
file will be served back. However, if AUTO Update
is No, then Quick Serve will send back the last
file approved by Engineering.
details can be typed directly into the Machine
Link™ Quick Serve setup cells (like a
spread sheet program). However, a configuration
utility can also be used to help guide you
through the setup process.
CNC Program files
can be manually sent to any CNC control in the
Active Scan List. From the menu bar, select File,
then choose Send to CNC. A screen similar to the
one shown below will appear. You can select the
machine you want from the list. Files will be
shown from the folder associated with that
machine. Prepare the CNC machine tool to receive
a file, select the file, and then click [SEND].
The CNC file will be transferred.
CNC Program files
can be manually received from any CNC control in
the Active Scan List. This is very useful for
capturing file requests that are not being
recognized correctly during the initial setup
stages. From the menu bar select File, then
choose Receive from CNC. Select the desired
machine and then click [RECEIVE]. Punch out the
file or send the request you want to evaluate.
The file will be received and displayed.
Link™ Quick Serve is loaded with helpful
information about its features. From the tool bar
select [Help], and then [Show Help] (or press
CTRL+H) to activate a useful help window. When
this feature is active, Quick Serve will display
a descriptive help message whenever the cursor is
moved over a control. As an example, the below
help message was displayed when hovering over the
Auto Send Table.
Machine Link™ Quick Serve
documents all transactions in the scan log which
can be easily reviewed, cleared, and/or printed.
The Scan Log contains useful information
(date/time, transaction type, file name, and
notes) about each CNC transaction. The log is
continuously updated and very useful during the
initial setup stages.
software is quick and easy and does NOT require
an Internet connection. However, you will need
your Software Code (an example code is
shown below). Once you have your Software Code,
either phone us at (800) 838-3479 or use our
online Automated Registration Service. For online
orders, copy the Software Code and paste it into
the order form when prompted. A Registration Code
and your order details will be emailed to you
immediately following credit card processing.
Once you have your Registration Code, enter it
and click [Register Now]. The entire process
takes only a few minutes.
Link™ Quick Serve automates the process of
sending and receiving CNC programs.